Blogging. This thing that I tell you all that I will do and I then get busy and distracted and I don’t do it. I’m so sorry. (Not that you probably hang on my every word, but I do like to keep my promise to keep people updated, so I […]

As I gaze out on an empty ballroom, I write with some disappointment. In less than 90 minutes, nearly 250 youth and adult leaders will fill Salons B & C at the Chicago Oak Brook Marriott, ready for a morning of worship and celebration at another YE QuakeZone. As excited […]

I just finished doing my daily devotion. I’m working my way through a Max Lucado book I received as a Christmas present. Some days I love it and some days I don’t, but it always serves the purpose of getting me in the word and focused on listening for God. […]

Captive Free East Lakes – A ministry team serving in the East Lakes Region that includes Michigan, some Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and some western Pennsylvania and western New York. Captive Free East Lakes – A ministry team serving a region that does not include Nebraska. But even if Nebraska isn’t […]

Picture it: December 31, 2014. Ten. Nine. Eight. 8:30am? You have GOT to be kidding me. Press snooze, roll over, and tug up that sleeping bag. 8:40am. Fine. I’ll get up. Rise, shine, and shower in the host church!  The return to team life is now complete! I should not have […]

Well, it’s my birthday. The last of the exciting ones, or so I’ve heard. I am officially a quarter of a century old. By most odds, I have officially lived over one-fourth of my life. At 25, car insurance rates tend to drop. I suppose that’s the last of the […]

If you’ve read Grace Accepted for a while you may be aware of the fact that I am fairly proud of my Nebraska heritage. It is often common knowledge that residents of Nebraska are all but required to pledge their allegiance to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. We cheer on our athletic […]

You may or may not be familiar with the online concept of a Throwback Thursday, but since it is Thursday and today marks our return to the Youth Encounter office for Midwinter Training, I figured I would throwback to our initial training and tell you one of my favorite stories […]

Because you can’t be with my team to get to know us first hand, I figured I would share with you some of the fun facts I’ve learned about my team so far this year! Enjoy getting to know the awesome people I travel with on Captive Free East Lakes! […]